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Hammond man doing OK after crash in Martell

Monday, March 26, marked Glen Nelson's third surgery in a week following a motorcycle crash St. Patrick's Day that left him seriously injured.

A family member said that Nelson's vitals are stable and doctors hope to start to take him off the ventilator by the middle of the week.

"He's got fractures in both arms, a plate was inserted into his pelvis and his right femur is broken," the family member reported. "But the important thing is he's OK."

The Hammond native was riding his motorcycle with wife Julie, 47, on 650th St. in the town of Martell when it was struck by a truck driven by George D. Budd, 54, Beldenville.

Budd was attempting to turn into his driveway and told Pierce County Sheriff's deputies he didn't see Nelson. The accident happened at 8:11 p.m. Saturday, March 17.

Glen and Julie Nelson were thrown from the motorcycle. Julie was thrown nearly 75 feet and Glen about 10 feet.

Both were airlifted to Regions Hospital St. Paul where Julie died the following morning.

Budd was uninjured, but was arrested on the suspicion of operating while intoxicated. He was released.

Ellsworth Area Fire, Ambulance and Paramedics along with helicopters from Mayo One and North Memorial were on scene.

The family member also said a page was started for Nelson on the CaringBridge website at Updates from relatives will be made periodically.

Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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